Thursday, 30 June 2011

L'equip Petit

l'equip petit from el cangrejo on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Colour overload

Artist Ludovica Gioscia loves colour. I'm noticing artists and designers really embracing the rainbow of late. Good good. Ludovic's work is fun and fresh and I want it in my house. It just makes me smile. Above: Omitorium, MKII London, 2009 A. Wood, metal, fabric, wallpaper, plastic and gloss paint. All photographs in this series by Michele Panzeri.
Rococo Hardcore, Jerwood Space, 2007: 22 layers of wallpaper, some hand screen-printed others ready made. Screenprinting ink unto lining paper. Part of touring show ‘Sequence and Repetition’. All photographs in this series by Ståle Eriksen.
Amazing fantastic colours. Makes me want to run out and grab some wallpapers and attack one of my walls at home!
And the lady herself. I like that she's the walking talking version on her art.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Sunday Sunday

A snap from Sunday afternoon in the Jordaan. The waterways teeming as every man and his dog jumped at the opportunity to get some sun and for for a cruise.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Blijburg booty

Yesterday summer decided to come back to Amsterdam after being M.I.A. for some weeks. But we welcome you back with open arms, summer, and all is forgotten. Especially like that you timed your arrival with the Blijburg car boot sale.
I was really chomping at the bit for a flea market fix. So MR. E and I got up relatively early for a Sundee, walked to Central Station and jumped on the line 26 tram to Blijburg, getting off at the very last stop, then walked towards the water to the cart boot sale. The car boot sale was much bigger than I expected, and not the total hippie festival I was expecting either (thank the lord. Tie-dye sends me into convulsions...). Below is a pic of my favourite stall. Campervan extraordinaire! It had vases galore, but I managed to resist them, nothing really fitted into my collections. Yes, there is actually method to the madness! And then there was a nice little Formica stool that makes a hand table for my pinot gregio as I sit on the couch typing.
And they had a whole big box of toys. So I picked up a few of those for the attic. And a lovely ceramic dish of teal green. Lots of gems from this lovely couple.
There was a lot of crap too. Troll doll anyone? No, didn't think so.
At the end of the market was Bliburg itself.
Which is very relaxed, and yes a bit hippie, but thoroughly enjoyable.
So nice, in fact, that we stopped to fuel up on delicious pizza and fries under the shade of the veranda.
And just took in the serenity.
And that was Blijburg!
Some of the goodies: lovely dish and some Lego. You can never have enough Lego! It cost a fortune though these days, so I snapped up a big bag for some change. Washed and drying in the sun now.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Noël Skrzypczac

I'm going through a bit of a colour revival these days. To feed my fancy I've been looking at the work of Australian artist Noël Skrzypczac. Above: Aqua: 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 168 x 122cm.

Noël Skrzypczak was born in Toronto, Canada and relocated to Canberra with her family as a young child. Skrzypczak recently completed residencies at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces in Melbourne and the Australia Council for the Arts studio in Tokyo. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. Above: Talking to the Birds: 2010.

Hourglass-aphids-aviatrix- Part of Gertrude Studio Artists Exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2007.

Dark, Shiny: Solo exhibition at Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2006.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

a mountain of paper

Another one of my little weaknesses is stationery. I adore this mountain note paper! Found on the gorgeous site the Australian site Upon a Fold.
Upon a Fold say "how’s the serenity! This beautifully illustrated mountain memo is definitely one of our favourites. Each sheet comes illustrated on both sides – simply write your message then fold the edges inwards and create your very own mini mountain. Too cute! Made in Japan, Happy Memo measures 10cm x 6cm and comes with 50 sheets." AUD $6.95. I'm adding it to my wish list now...
There are so many beautiful things in this store! Go check it out.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Nami Yamamoto

Today I present to you artist Nami Yamamoto.
Nami says "my artistic process is governed chiefly by an empirical investigation of the surrounding world, and translating that information into an aesthetic experience that helps me to better understand this world. Merging science and the poetic, my work begins with an informal perusal of the environment, collecting odd bits of natural and man made ephemera or noticing some natural phenomenon. My studio serves as forum and laboratory to investigate these questions and propose answers that take the form of drawings and installations."
I just love the bold colours and detailed paper cut. Wonderful cabinets of curiosity.
Nami also has a wonderful sense of colour.